Jan 13, 2020

Haiti Goat Project Update January 2020

Chili Kabrit being prepared for December meals
Chili Kabrit being prepared for December meals

Dear Friends of the Haiti Goat Project,

First and foremost, thank you for all of your support of the Haiti Goat Project.  Your donations make our project possible and we want you to know how very much your support is appreciated.

Good news since our last report!  The political unrest has subsided and, although schools remained closed during the month of December, our dedicated Haitian team was able to restart the Farm-to-Fork program and provide weekly Chili Kabrit lunches to the school children and their families that we serve at all 3 schools in rural Haiti.  Lunches were served at school so although the children did not have class, they were able to at least receive healthy meals. This was a tremendous help for these families because the unrest during October and November prevented regular supplies from getting to their communities, leaving families at risk and food insecure.

In addition to providing healthy meals to the rural school children & their families, we were also able to assist an orphanage with 43 children with Chili Kabrit meals during the month of December. What a wonderful gift for these orphans!

Schools throughout Haiti have now reopened and our team will be continuing to provide 850 Chili Kabrit meals each week to the children attending the Jean-jean, Ticousin and Tiboukan rural schools. This could not have been accomplished without your support so THANK YOU!

Our goat herd is doing well.  The males (bucks) were separated from the females in mid-December as our breeding season came to its scheduled end.  All of our females should now be pregnant.  Our new 2020 crop of goat kids will be due in March and April so we'll let you know when they start arriving!

Again thank you very much for your willingness to support this project.  Please know that you are truly making a difference in the lives of many Haitian children and their communities.

With warmest regards,

Char

Children waiting for Chili Kabrit meals (Dec)
Children waiting for Chili Kabrit meals (Dec)
On line for Chili Kabrit
On line for Chili Kabrit
Families and friends enjoying a meal together
Families and friends enjoying a meal together

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Oct 14, 2019

Haiti Goat Project Update October 2019

Some of our does
Some of our does

Dear Friends of the Haiti Goat Project,

First and foremost, thank you for all of your support of the Haiti Goat Project.  Your donations make our project possible and we want you to know how very much your support is appreciated.

As you may have heard in the news, the situation in Haiti right now is difficult.  Political protests over the past 4 weeks that have made it more and more challenging for all who live and work in Haiti.  Road blocks have slowed the movement of goods out of the capital and also between cities within the country.  Because of the unrest, schools closed on October 1st and remain closed until the protests are resolved or at least until the situation quiets down. 

Despite the unrest, our goat herd in Gressier is still doing well and we are moving forward with the breeding season as planned.  We began preparing the goat herd for the breeding season this past August with the help of students from the Christianville Agriculture & Technical School and our onsite herd manager has continued the process. This year, because of the unrest, the doe herd will be bred by our resident herd bucks, rather than with US-sired genetics by artificial insemination (AI) as we typically do.  However, our herd bucks are, themselves, AI-sired from US genetics so we are still able to make progress with improving our herd.  Certainly our goat 'boys' seem quite happy about the change in breeding plans. :)

Because of the US travel ban from February to July and the current political unrest, many rural Haitian communities are hurting.  In fact, our partner, Christianville Foundation Haiti, had to discontinue their school lunch programs, leaving our Farm-to-Fork program (Chili Kabrit) meals as the only source of school lunches for the rural school children in Jean-Jean, Ti-Cousin and Ti-Boukan. Our program team felt that the children in these 3 communities were clearly the most nutritionally at-risk in their area.  Therefore, the team voted to provide Chili Kabrit meals to schools in these 3 communities every Wednesday as they had been doing, and then, on a rotating basis, provide each school with a second meal on Friday. Thus, they were able to provide a total of 835 meals per week or 3,400 meals during the month of September.      

Once schools re-open, we will resume providing nutritious meals each week (every Wednesday and on alternating Fridays) to these malnourished rural school children. Thank you so much for helping make this happen!  The need is great because it is always the poorest communities that have the most difficult time when political unrest cuts off goods and services to the population. Please keep all those in Haiti in your heart during these trying times.

Finally, keep an eye out for our upcoming fall fundraising campaign during the week of December 2nd-6th.  You'll hear more about it in the coming weeks but we do want you to know that you'll have an opportunity to get a cool Haiti Goat Project t-shirt as part of our campaign.

Thank you very much for your willingness to support this project.  Please know that you are truly making a difference in the lives of many Haitian children and their communities.

With warmest regards,

Char

CVET student prepping pre-breeding treatments
CVET student prepping pre-breeding treatments
Some of the children from the Jean-Jean school.
Some of the children from the Jean-Jean school.

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Aug 23, 2019

Haiti Goat Project Update August 2019

Some of the 2019 kids on pasture
Some of the 2019 kids on pasture

Dear Friend of the Haiti Goat Project,

Greetings!  First of all, I would like to thank you again for supporting the Haiti Goat Project as we work to improve child nutrition and promote local agricultural development in Haiti. 

Since our last report we have been working on activities associated with both our Farm-to-Fork and Genetic Improvement of Goats programs.

In our Farm-to-Fork program, we are in the process of obtaining an additional gas cooktop with 6 more burners so that we can increase our number of meals served per week from 675 to 850 in anticipation of the successful completion of our current fundraising campaign.  Our on-site team wanted to modify their plan and have chosen to continue to focus solely on the 3 rural schools with children in most need of help.  Once the school year begins, we plan to be serving a total of 850 meals per week to students in each of these 3 target schools (JeanJean, Ticousin, Tiboukan). Children need protein and other high-quality nutrients a minimum of 3 times per week to maintain their health. Because of the US travel ban that was in place from February to July of this year, many Haitian communities are hurting because the ban essentially eliminated a major revenue source: tourism. As a result, school lunch programs at these schools had to be discontinued, leaving the weekly Chili Kabrit meals as the only source of school lunches for these children. Families in JeanJean, Ticousin and Tiboukan were hit hard and our team felt that they were the most at-risk of all whom they work with.  Therefore, the team voted to provide Chili Kabrit meals during the upcoming year to these schools every Wednesday as they had been doing, and then, on a rotating basis, provide each school with a second meal on Friday, totaling 3,400 meals per month.  This will directly impact these children but will also impact many in the community because it means that every month of the 10-month school year, a total of 24 goats will be purchased from goat farmers in the area and tens of pounds of tomatoes, onions, eggplant, carrots, spinach and other vegetables will be purchased from vegetable farmers in order to prepare the Chili Kabrit for the school children.  What a broad impact your support will have!

In our Genetic Improvement of Goats program, the 2019 goat kids born in March continue to grow and we have some really fine replacement bucks and does for our herd.  All of the males from our 2018 kid crop have now been sold to surrounding communities to help improve their goat stock.  In addition, we’ve begun preparations for the 2019-2020 breeding-kidding season.  For this effort we had the opportunity to work with students from the Christianville Vocational and Technical School (CVET). We did a two-day training session with the students and gave them lots of hands-on experience as we processed the goat herd.  Students learned how to give injections, provide oral deworming treatments, estimate body weight and age, and trim feet.  Check out some pictures of our 2018 kid goats on pasture and also some of the CVET students working on animal preparation.

Once again, thank you so much for your continued interest and willingness to support this project.  It is absolutely making a real difference in the lives of many children and families in Haiti.

Estimating goat weight
Estimating goat weight
Administering dewormer treatment to a young doe
Administering dewormer treatment to a young doe
The CVET student crew with Dr. Farin
The CVET student crew with Dr. Farin

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